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Character development

It seems the more I write, the more I read.  And the more I inadvertently watch character development. I’ve been reading a ridiculous amount recently, it helps immensely to widen the scope in my own writing and I’ve seen more and more how  imperative it is to show the reader what you see as the author.

I can sit here at my laptop and edit or add text or work on a different book. I can choose any of my WIP‘s and vividly see  my landscapes, my worlds, my characters and the intimate ways they all culminate. I can flip from novel to novel, brand new or a year old and see them all as though I were watching a movie. But my goal is to make the reader see what I see. That is also, I believe one of the biggest challenges for a lot of writers. All those minute details that are needed to bring words off the page and to life.

I was recently reading one of the books on my ‘Currently Reading’ list and felt that familair tug of wanting more. More detail, more…life.  It seemed at the end of the day (or book) I still wouldn’t feel connected to a certain character. I didn’t feel the pull that I am sure the author intended, that I am sure the author felt as it was being written.

My point being just because you, as the author, feel it and see it and know it doesn’t mean you are conveying it to the reader. I think we (me too!) have a tendency to get so caught up in our story, so excited or touched or moved by everything we are creating, that we sometimes forget the reader can’t see inside our heads. It’s our job to transport them into our imagination and hope they feel nice and comfortable and choose to stay a while.

So read your dialogue out loud and see how it sounds when it isn’t only in your own head. Hear how it sounds to someone who isn’t already in love with the main character because he only just got introduced.

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5 responses

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  2. I find that I’ve been analysing this recently. Originally I thought that you had to surround the reader in extreme detail, plotting out the environment to the nth degree. But after getting back into reading, I realise that with only slight details, it allows the reader to form their own ideas about the scenes in the story. However, character development is the most important. The reader needs to feel like they know the characters as if they are real people that they have known for years. When I start on my idea, I will be stepping back and writing mini stories about just the characters themselves, so that when I’m in the story, I will already know how the characters will act and push the story without having to think about it.

    Submeg

    March 12, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    • I agree character development is extremely important. But I feel a lot of writers easily get caught up in the dialogue. Personally I want to feel like I am in the scene with the character i’ve gotten to know.

      March 12, 2011 at 9:13 pm

  3. Not to mention, dialogue is tricky to keep moving without saying “said blah” or “so and so replied.” Can get bogged down quickly if you’re not careful.

    March 12, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    • Definately true.

      March 13, 2011 at 10:55 am

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